The METHA Europe competition is organized by IMT Nord Europe and supported by Institut Mines-Telecom, in partnership with Ever Monaco and SMEG. This entrepreneurship competition rewards project leaders working in the energy transition, smart city and smart building sectors. The finalists in the Pre-Creation and Start-Up categories were announced during a grand finale that took place at the Ever Monaco trade fair on May 12.
Pre-Creation category > to reward an innovative concept
Octometha (Amiens Cluster incubator): An innovative wet agricultural methanization process
OCTOMETHA is marketing a new agricultural methanization technology. The underground digesters are based on octagonal-shaped agricultural lagoons. This architecture allows raw manure, straw and other farm byproducts to be processed. The wet process reduces the running costs of the facilities, leading to significant income for livestock farmers.
The start-up competed with: Behav – an alternative to leather for sustainable fashion, H2Storage Solution – a solution to improve hydrogen tanks’ security, Tiny Fungi – environmentally-friendly tiny houses insulated with an innovative material.
Start-up category > for companies founded within the past two years
lzaac (IMT Nord Europe incubator): The energy efficiency control center
Izaac is a company with a mission to democratize energy efficiency and decarbonization for all energy consumers in the tertiary sector. It offers an innovative platform for monitoring and analyzing energy flows to help manage the efficiency of real-estate assets.
The following also competed in this category: Weenav – turning internal combustion-engine boats into electric- or hybrid-powered boats, DENV-R – a floating data center, Notrelec – sharing local, renewable energy.
Metha Europe is one of the few competitions to offer financial support before a company is legally established. The competition will award €6,000 in prizes.
A pitch competition at the Start-Up Village
Cactile, incubated at IMT Mines Albi, won a special award from the jury at the pitch competition. This start-up reduces buildings’ impact on soil sealing using a system of modular tiles that store and redistribute rainwater